Spanish slang suffix -uqui?
May 10, 2014 6:03 PM Subscribe
In Mexican telenovela Qué Pobres Tan Ricos
, there is a character (Leonardo Ruiz Palacios) who often uses some sort of slang that involves adding "uqui" to the end of certain words. For example, he'll say "amiguqui" instead of "amigo." What does this suffix signify?
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For context: The character in question is a snobby, rich (well, formerly rich), gay 20-something. He has lived in England and maybe Italy as well as Mexico, and he mixes in some English in his speaking much more than other characters.
He adds this "-uqui" suffix to all sorts of words, even pretty mundane ones. E.g. "clases" becomes "clasesuqui" (I think). He uses it as freely with his mother as he does with friends. No other character on the show uses this suffix, not the other rich people, not other 20-somethings, so I can't tell if it's a cutesy youthful slang, a snobby thing, or what. It seems like it's used similarly to a diminutive like "-ito."
I watch the Spanish closed captioning, but I only can partly follow it, so there is probably a lot more context to this or usages that I am missing.
Do you know what it means? How common is it? Who uses it and/or where is it used?